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Abraham Lincoln: A Biography

By Godfrey Rathbone Benson Charnwood / Garden City Publishing Co. / 1917



Juxtaposing the growth of the American republic with the life of its sixteenth president, Lord Charnwood’s biography Abraham Lincoln provides a detailed narrative showing how Lincoln’s unmatched character and resiliency saved the Union from internal strife. Following Lincoln from his birth, Charnwood ushers readers through a comprehensive portrait of Lincoln’s life recounting his numerous failures and his greatest successes.

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Key Features

  • Tells the remarkable story of Abraham Lincoln’s life
  • Takes an investigative approach to the subject
  • Provides an engaging narrative


  • Boyhood of Lincoln
  • The Growth of the American Nation
  • Lincoln’s Early Career
  • Lincoln in Congress and in Retirement
  • The Rise of Lincoln
  • Secession
  • The Conditions of the War
  • The Opening of the War and Linicoln’s Administration
  • The Disasters of the North
  • Emancipation
  • The Approach of Victory
  • The End

Praise for the Print Edition

Lord Charnwood’s remains the best Lincoln biography. It captures the interweaving of principle and prudence that makes Lincoln our most impressive and interesting political figure.

—William Kristol, editor, The Weekly Standard

Charnwood’s biography remains one of the great landmarks in Lincoln literature because of its elegant style, its transatlantic perspective, and its thoughtful, keenly investigative approach to the subject.

—Don E. Fehrenbacher, William Robertson Coe Professor Emeritus of History and American Studies, Stanford University

For over fifty years I have been recommending it . . . No biography written in the intervening years . . . comes close to Charnwood in its appreciation of Lincoln’s intellectual brilliance and grandeur.

—Harry V. Jaffa, emeritus professor of philosophy, Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate School

Product Details

  • Title: Abraham Lincoln: A Biography
  • Author: Lord Charnwood
  • Publisher: Garden City Publishing
  • Publication Date: 1917
  • Pages: 506
  • Resource Type: Biographies
  • Topic: United States History

About Lord Charnwood

Lord Charnwood (1864–1945), also known as Godfrey Rathborne Benson was a British author, academic, Liberal politician, and philanthropist. He is the author of Theodore Roosevelt.

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